Charles Bukowski Landmark Hearing Rescheduled: Will the Nazi Accusations Fly?
Thursday, November 15th, was to be the day when the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission decided whether to landmark poet and novelist Charles Bukowski's former East Hollywood residence at 5124 De Longpre Avenue. This is where Bukowski wrote "Post Office" and "Factotum," where "Women" was set, and more importantly, the place where he willed himself into being as a writer. But the CHC hearing was postponed, due to an extension filed by the property owners' attorney.
The attorney does not deny that Charles Bukowski wrote much of his important work at De Longpre, but intends to challenge the landmarking on two counts: that Charles Bukowski was a Nazi sympathizer, and that he was a person of low moral character. This flurry of character assassination is the last minute method chosen by the property owners, who have ignored past attempts at discussion by the CHC, to block the landmarking process.
These Nazi sympathizer accusations stem from discredited claims by Ben Pleasants, a former friend of Bukowski's who published a collection of anecdotes about the writer in 2004. Verifiable Nazi sympathies appear nowhere in the many biographies, the documentaries or in Bukowski's highly confessional work, and have been refuted by many of the writer's friends, lovers and colleagues.
A new hearing date has been set for Thursday, Nov. 29th at 10 am in room 1010 at City Hall, during which the landmarking applicants will speak, followed by the landlords' attorney. All interested parties are urged toattend to show support for the landmarking of the longtime home of this seminal Los Angeles writer and to protest these offensive allegations, which have been made in order to clear the way for the landlords to sell this important literary residence as a $1.3 million tear down, as previously advertised on Craigslist. All updates will be posted on the Delongpre blog at http://5124delongpre.org/